Wanting to create a statement that would showcase its 250 years’ heritage, Bradfords Building Supplies’ new Sherborne branch has designed its interiors to produce a stripped-back ‘concept store’ which features SterlingOSB Zero. Customers can see the panelling — which boasts inherent strength and works as a practical canvas for further signage — across the trade counter, panel walls, corner boxings and signage throughout the store.
Donal Ryan, Head of Operational Improvement at Bradfords, said: “We’ve used one of our best-selling core products throughout the store and it adds a modern touch. The material is great to work with and we are looking at working with Norbord’s products again in what will be our 43rd branch in Helston, Cornwall.”
HB42 Ultimate Wood Filler
Hilton Banks has reformulated its successful HB42 Ultimate Wood Filler into an ultra-smooth two-part, styrene-free wood filler that claims to provide a tough, long-lasting repair on all woods inside and out. Once dry, the filler can be drilled, carved, sanded or planed. It is paintable and stainable and can repair wood damaged by wet.
The product can also be used on grain filling and repairs to shakes, cracks, splits and knot holes. The filler is available in three new sizes too: 275g, 550g, and 1kg White and Natural finishes.
Said to offer protection against splitting and swelling, Decking Protector from Ronseal Trade is described as a perfect addition to any merchant landscaping display, helping customers get ready for winter and protect decking against the elements.
The protector comes in a natural colour to suit a range of decking projects. It has also been designed to provide an eye-catching merchandising opportunity, backed with POS and literature as well as marketing campaigns and competitions to stimulate and create demand.
Intumescent kit range
Ensuring the integrity of a fire doorset is not compromised by morticed ironmongery, Union has announced the launch of a new intumescent kit range. These new kits will be available for some of the brand’s most popular CE marked locks, hinges and latches.
Available to all stockists and merchants, the kits provide intumescent sheets made from an ultra-thin and flexible graphite material, which is said to allow for high levels of expansion and insulation, preventing heat transfer on ironmongery rebated into timber fire doorsets.
JB Kind Doors
White Classic Doors
The White Classic collection from JB Kind Doors is said to be inspired by Regency style with the designs featuring a classic panelled look with flush mouldings on each door. According to the company, the doors are constructed with a solid core and supplied white primed, ready to be painted.
Fire door demand
Demand for bespoke fire doors offering a higher level of fire protection has increased across the board in the past two years, says Enfield Speciality Doors. The manufacturer of specialist internal doors has seen a rise in enquiries and orders for smaller contracts with shorter delivery times. “Many more businesses/organisations are looking for 1-20 bespoke fire doors within a 1-2 week lead time,” explains Nigel Sill, Chairman of Enfield Speciality Doors.
“We’re also seeing a rise in specifications for doors combining high acoustic or security performance with high fire resistance,” adds Nigel, “including music studios, conference rooms, clinics, cinemas or swimming pools.”
Tricoya Extreme (MTX)
Artist Fiona Jack has used Medite Tricoya Extreme (MTX), a weather resistant MDF, to ensure her six original paintings could continue to be enjoyed for up to 50 years at Raigmore Children’s Hospital Garden in Aberdeen.
The paintings are part of a permanent installation in the garden which is animal themed. They nestle amongst sculpted hedges, also designed and installed by Papillon, in the shapes of a highland cow, mirroring the painted highland cow behind it, and the Loch Ness Monster.
“The highland cow is instantly recognisable and deliberately ‘caricatured’ to be warm, fuzzy and comforting,” said Fiona, “I named him Archie, after the Archie Foundation.”